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GOP lawmaker writing bill to prevent others in Congress from pulling ‘a John Conyers’

“Settlements paid with tax dollars should not be kept secret”

(National SentinelSexual Legislation: A Republican lawmaker in the House is currently drafting legislation that would require the unsealing of all legal settlements of sexual harassment claims involving members of Congress while preventing the use of tax dollars to make settlement payments.

The legislation draft from Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida comes amid reports that Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., may have used taxpayer dollars to settle sex harassment claims.

“Settlements paid with tax dollars should not be kept secret. Members of Congress cannot be allowed to use the American people’s money as a personal slushfund to cover wrongdoing,” DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday.

“I’m working on legislation to unseal settlement records, bar use of tax dollars to pay claims against members & staff, prohibit members from using office budgets to camouflage payments (a Conyers rule) & require reimbursement of the taxpayer,” he added.

A day earlier, President Donald J. Trump called on Congress to make public the names of all lawmakers who have reached secretive monetary settlements with former staffers and others over claims of sexual harassment.

“President Trump tells me he believes Congress should release the names of lawmakers who have settled sexual harassment claims,” tweeted One America News Network‘s Trey Yingst.

Last week, the Congressional Office of Compliance published a year-by-year breakdown of sexual harassment settlements. The identities of the settlers were not made public, The Gateway Pundit reported.

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The Florida Republican’s legislative effort follows on the heels of a bombshell report about Conyers settling a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2015.

Conyers also allegedly flew women into Washington, D.C. for sex.

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